Welcome to Wild Ones River City Chapter in Grand Rapids, MI

You Can Help Native Bees, Birds & Butterflies
Wild Ones River City Chapter will show you how

Creating a landscape with gorgeous, easy-care native plants is easier than you think. Adding native plants, shrubs, and trees to your garden provides food, shelter, and habitat for birds and beneficial insects. Removing invasive plants, reducing lawn size, and using natural care also helps heal the earth. Even small changes can make a difference. You can do it, and Wild Ones River City Chapter can help.

What is a Native Plant?

A native plant is a species that occurs naturally in a particular region, ecosystem and/or habitat and was present prior to European settlement.

You’ll Love Growing Native Plants

Michigan’s beautiful native species have lived here for thousands of years. They are your heritage. Do you know them? Not only do they contribute to biodiversity, native plants flourish without fertilizers or synthetic pesticides and rarely need watering. Because of their deep roots, they absorb and filter excess rainfall—helping to provide clean water for everyone. Native plants help us celebrate the things that make our region unique, and teach us about the world of nature.

Grow with Us

  • JOIN as a member to receive monthly River City Chapter updates, as well as access to national newsletters and other resources.
  • LEARN from the experts at our educational programs and field trips.
  • CONNECT with the best sources for native plants, and participate in our plant exchanges and sales.
  • MEET others who share your interests.
  • VOLUNTEER at our Native Plant Education Garden (NPEG) or community projects.

Wild Ones River City Chapter 15th Anniversary Celebration
featuring Dr. Douglas Tallamy presenting


Video recorded June 20, 2022 (1hr, 28 min.)



HOMEGROWN NATIONAL PARK™ is a grassroots call-to-action to regenerate biodiversity ad ecosystem function by planting native plants and creating new ecological networks.

“Catalyzing a collective effort of individual homeowners, property owners, land managers, farmers, and anyone with some soil to plant in…to start a new HABITAT™ by planting native plants and removing most invasive plants. It is the largest cooperative conservation project ever conceived or attempted.

Wild Ones River City Chapter challenges it members and friends to GET ON THE MAP! 

To make it easy to join in and report your location and size of your property that is planted with natives, view a short how-to video on our YouTube channel created by WORC member Linda Shuster.

Visit homegrownnationalpark.org to GET ON THE MAP!


To promote environmentally sound landscaping practices to preserve biodiversity through the preservation, restoration, and establishment of native plant communities.

Healing the Earth, one yard at a time

Wild Ones is a not-for-profit environmental education organization.